Zach Woods

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Zach Woods
Zach Woods at SXSW 2016.jpg
Woods at SXSW 2016
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984 (age 31)[1]
Trenton, New Jersey
Education Pennsbury High School
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2004–present

Zach Woods (born September 25, 1984) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his portrayal as Gabe Lewis on the NBC sitcom The Office. He currently stars as Donald "Jared" Dunn in HBO sitcom Silicon Valley.

Early life[edit]

Woods was born in Trenton, New Jersey.[2] His father is a trained psychiatrist and social worker, who specializes in clinical therapy, and his mother is a nurse practitioner.[3] Woods is a middle child: he has an older brother and a younger sister.[3] His parents are both secular Jews (though one of his grandparents, his maternal grandfather, was Lutheran).[3] Woods grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2003. Before getting his start in acting, Zach worked at The Gargoyle Statuary in Seattle, Washington during his summers. He is a graduate of New York University.

Career[edit]

He started performing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre at age 16 and was a part of the improvisational sketch troupe "The Stepfathers", whose members also include Bobby Moynihan and Chris Gethard.[4] He has taught improv at Columbia University, Duke University and Lincoln Center.[5] He has appeared in such films as In The Loop, The Other Guys and appeared in the CollegeHumor skit "Adam and Eve in the Friends Zone".

Woods is also known for starring as Awkward Boy, the protagonist in the YouTube video series The Most Awkward Boy in the World.[6] In 2010, Woods appeared as a zombie in a Starburst candy commercial.[7]

Starting in 2010, he portrayed Gabe Lewis on the NBC sitcom The Office. He was promoted to series regular beginning in Season 7.[8]

Since 2014, Woods has appeared as regular character, Jared on HBO's Silicon Valley. He also appeared on HBO's Veep as Ed Webster.

Woods had a role in the action comedy Spy (2015), alongside Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Allison Janney, and 50 Cent.[9] He appeared in Feig's follow-up movie Ghostbusters in 2016.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Terrorists Drugstore Cashier
2009 Strangers Man Short film
2009 In the Loop Chad
2009 The Honkys O.G Short film
2010 Flipped Michael
2010 The Other Guys Douglas
2011 High Road Tommy
2011 Andy and Zach Zach Short film
2011 Damsels in Distress Rick DeWolfe
2012 Rich Girl Problems Duncan Short film
2013 The Heat Paramedic
2015 Spy Man in Purple Tie
2016 Other People Paul
2016 Ghostbusters Gareth
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Zane Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 My Wife, the Ghost Geets Wilson Episode: "#1.5"
2006 Sexual Intercourse: American Style Ted Episode: "Incense and Candles"
2009 Washingtonienne Mark Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Funny or Die Presents Stuart Episode: "#2.9"
2010–2013 The Office Gabe Lewis 51 episodes
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2011–12)
2011 Bored to Death Super Ray fan Episode: "Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away"
2012–2015 The League Lane 3 episodes
2013–2014 Veep Ed Webster 3 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Trippler Episode: "Off the Hook"
2013–2016 The Good Wife Jeff Dellinger 4 episodes
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! The Remarkable Greg Episode: "Cobie Smulders Wears a Black & White Strapless Dress"
2014 Kroll Show Cal Culvers Episode: "Krolling Around with Nick Klown"
2014–present Silicon Valley Donald "Jared" Dunn 28 episodes
2014–2015 Playing House Zach 6 episodes
2015 Drunk History Lee Duncan Episode: "Los Angeles"
2016 Animals. Brian (voice) Episode: "Pigeons."

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Podcast Gabe Lewis 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Improv Message Boards - View Profile: Zach W". Improvresourcecenter.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  2. ^ http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/meet-zach-woods-the-anxious-heart-of-silicon-valley/
  3. ^ a b c "Episode 597 - Zach Woods". 
  4. ^ "The Stepfathers". Newyork.ucbtheatre.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  5. ^ "UCB Theatre – Zach Woods". 
  6. ^ "Zach Woods • UCB Comedy". Ucbcomedy.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  7. ^ Tim Nudd (December 1, 2010). "Starburst "Zombie" Commercial". The 30 Freakiest Ads of 2010. AdFreak.com. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive: 'The Office' promotes 'Gabe' to series regular". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. June 16, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://deadline.com/2014/05/adrian-lester-joins-grey-lady-zach-woods-cast-in-spy-723488/

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